Meaning of “violent” in the English Dictionary

"violent" in British English

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violentadjective

uk /ˈvaɪə.lənt/ us /ˈvaɪə.lənt/

violent adjective (CAUSING HURT)

B2 using force to hurt or attack:

He yells a lot but I don't think he's ever been physically violent towards her.

B2 used to describe a situation or event in which people are hurt or killed:

a violent crime
There was a violent clash/confrontation between rival supporters after the match.
The more violent scenes in the film were cut when it was shown on television.
Her family is still trying to come to terms with her violent death (= death caused suddenly and unexpectedly by the use of physical force, especially murder).

More examples

  • Many football fans are unfairly accused of violent behaviour.
  • Although sexual and violent crimes have increased by 10%, they remain only a tiny fraction of the total number of crimes committed each year.
  • Some scenes are violent and may disturb younger viewers.
  • There were violent confrontations between police and demonstrators.
  • The woman had fled from her violent husband to a women's refuge in Chelmsford.

(Definition of “violent” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"violent" in American English

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violentadjective

us /ˈvɑɪ·ə·lənt/

using or involving force to hurt or attack:

violent crime
The police are concerned about the possibility of violent behavior at the demonstration.

A violent death is one that is caused suddenly and unexpectedly by the use of physical force, esp. murder.

Violent can mean very strong:

a violent explosion

A violent person or attitude is one that expresses great anger.

(Definition of “violent” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)